Just as we were all making peace with the fact that ICD-10 was a forgone conclusion, the House of Representatives introduces a bill to stop the October 1 implementation.
The bill, H.R. 2126, would “prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) from replacing ICD-9 with ICD-10 in implementing the HIPAA code set.”
It was introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) a staunch opponent of the ICD-10 implementation and co-sponsored by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Rep. Mike D. Rogers (R-AL), Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), Rep. Morgan H. Griffith (R-VA), Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), and Rep. David P. Roe (R-TN).
H.R. 2126 has been referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Ways and Means.
Poe introduced a similar bill in 2013 that also called for prohibiting HHS from replacing ICD-9 with ICD-10. However, that bill failed to gain traction and was never taken up by the referred House committees.
H.R. 2126 could face similar difficulty getting through the committee process and to the House floor for a vote. In February, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing on ICD-10 with a number of payers, providers, industry groups, and vendors providing testimony. Despite a few dissenting views, the general consensus is the industry is ready for the ICD-10 transition. It is unlikely the committee would hold another hearing on ICD-10. In addition, the Ways and Means Committee historically has been supportive of ICD-10 implementation.
AHIMA and the Coalition for ICD-10 request ICD-10 supporters voice advocacy initiatives so ICD-10 will not be delayed further.
“Avoiding further delay in ICD-10 implementation is critical in order to limit implementation costs and be able to start leveraging the opportunities anticipated by the availability of better healthcare data,” says the Coalition for ICD-10, “including the ability to provide the detailed data necessary to accurately measure value for the new value-based physician payment system included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.”